Xcel Energy says crews have restored electricity to nearly 77,000 people in the wake of this week's ice and snow storm in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. But about 14,200 customers remain in the dark.
Another 1,900 homes and businesses served by rural electric cooperatives in the region also remain without power.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Thousands of people remain without electricity in eastern South Dakota as a spring storm pounding the state enters its third day.
Xcel Energy was working overnight to restore service to about 21,500 customers, after earlier getting the lights back on for about 44,000 people. Nearly 3,000 people served by rural electric cooperatives also remain in the dark.
The South Dakota Rural Electric Association says more than 250 electrical poles have been downed by the ice and snow storm.
The National Weather Service says snowfall totals have reached as high as 30 inches, in Deadwood. Rapid City has nearly that much and has set snowfall records two straight days.
The bad weather is forecast to extend into southeastern North Dakota, with up to 10 inches of snow expected by Thursday night.
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